2013-02-28 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 28
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, February 28, 1913

Mr. John Robinson, freight agent for the ferry company, claims the distinction of having caught the first scup for the season of 1913. He had the fish, still alive, on exhibition later, turning it over to Fish Commissioner Clarke, It was about 8 inches long and in good condition. The cold water had chilled it so that when Mr. Robinson discovered it swimming near the wharf he was able to catch it in a net.

The third round in the firemen’s whist tournament was played Thursday evening, the hook-and-ladder team winning, but not by enough to take it from last place.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 24, 1938

The commission appointed by Gov. Robert E. Quinn to study the advisability of giving an $18,000 state subsidy to the Jamestown and Newport Ferry Company in order for it to maintain a through service from Newport to Jamestown and Saunderstown had a meeting this afternoon to consider the physical assets of the company.

From the Newport Daily News, February 26, 1938

The fast Jamestown town team gained a 57-38 basketball victory Sunday at the Holy Ghost Hall by whipping the Hunter Athletic Club of Newport.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, February 27, 1963

The Jamestown Ferry had an operations loss of $95,711 in 1962, which was below the $119,000 average of the last 12 years and the $125,000 average of the last four years. From the Newport Daily News,

February 28, 1963

The next move in the disputed Commerce Oil Company pier proposal off Jamestown rests with the Army Corps of Engineers, who are reconsidering their action in view of the state’s recent action in withdrawing a three-year extension on the pier permit.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

February 24, 1988

Public outcry over a proposal to enlarge the central Jamestown substation has prompted the Zoning Board of Review to delay a hearing on the matter. Newport Electric Corporation cited increased growth in Jamestown in its request to expand its substation from 120 [sic] to 1,600 square feet. Most of the space would be devoted to switching stations that would improve monitoring at the site. From the Newport Daily News,

February 29, 1988

The Town Council will discuss increasing camping fees at Fort Getty in a work session tonight at Town Hall. The rates currently are $1,000 for the season, $14 per night for RV campers, $10 per night for tents, and $5 for day use.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

February 26, 1998

The Town Council Monday authorized parents, calling themselves Friends of Jamestown Skaters, to go before the Zoning Board of Review to seek whatever relief they need to create a skate park next to the school ball field.

Threatening weather at the beginning of this week has delayed yet again repair work on East Ferry’s steel pier, making this week four of work stoppage.

After four years, the Town Council Monday turned over some $82,000 to the Ambulance Association to renovate their Knowles Court barn and told them not to come back for more money.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

February 27, 2003

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce Monday detailed its request to “freeze” village parking at 437 spaces, for the 40 businesses it identified in a special village district it proposed.

To date the town has spent $34,442.35 of its total snow removal budget of $40,004 for the 2002-03 fiscal year.

Four potential designers of the new highway barn at Taylor Point will be interviewed at a special public workshop held by the Town Council.

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